Communicate the full potential of your process improvement proposals in a visual and evidence-based way.
Whether you have an idea that could save your organization millions of dollars, or you’re trying to win new business for your product or service, convincing decision makers can be a challenge. Great opportunities can be easily passed by because the full potential of a project is lost in long proposal documents or static presentations.
Strengthen your business cases by enabling ideas and proposals to be communicated in a visual, collaborative and evidence-based way with simulation.
Showcase exactly how your solution will overcome issues, backed up by comprehensive results dashboards.
Simulation provides your stakeholders with a true representation of the problem that your business case will solve.
This offers great benefits in being able to avoid bias or political difficulties that can be part of working in any large organization.
Each step of the process can be walked through and a single, true agreement can be reached on how the process is working to support the current state.
Through the independent insight gathered by the simulation results, any stalemate can be broken and everyone will have a shared, consensual view of where the process needs to be improved.
Focusing on a simulation and being able to clearly demonstrate the background, justification and potential benefits of a business case really helps to drive things forward and dispel any concerns.
"The evidence provided through using simulation enabled us to make a strategic, long-term capital plan, as well as product offering decisions. Our project has been quickly approved and the design and engineering work is already in process."
Simulation is visual and animated, so it allows you to clearly demonstrate the benefits of your business case to stakeholders and decision-makers.
It’s also interactive, enabling your stakeholders to run the simulation for themselves and try different scenarios. As they become more involved, this builds enthusiasm and further increases the chances of project buy-in.
By improving stakeholder involvement, simulation can speed up the evolution of thinking and a project can change direction to focus on what your organization or client really needs to know, rather than what they thought they wanted to know at the start of the project!
Simulation is so effective at communicating business cases that many companies, such as manufacturers and pharmaceutical suppliers, also use the software as a sales tool to showcase the benefits of their products to clients.
"SIMUL8 allows us to run experiments on our business processes before we implement them, saving time, investment and effort in change management. The bang for the buck is astounding."
It’s rare for any process improvement project to only have one clear solution to an issue. Using simulation, you can leave no stone unturned.
Simulation can help you identify the most effective course of action for business cases by comparing solutions in terms of objective criteria, such as increased throughput or the cost-effectiveness of implementation.
Another benefit of simulation for creating business cases is that it is more cost-effective to test potential solutions, eliminating any need for down-time or costly live trials.
The speed at which solutions can be tested using simulation is also a big advantage. In a matter of seconds the performance of a system can be assessed over a week, a year, or even ten years.
Throughout these tests, the software is capable of simulating random elements such as seasonal variation or fluctuating sales demand – ensuring your business case has considered every possibility.
"SIMUL8 has saved us from making costly assumptions, as well as reducing the risk of buying new equipment without knowing the outcome of that purchase."
Utilize a wealth of results and take variability into account to strengthen business cases.
With simulation software, you can test the same system again and again with different inputs, ensuring that any changes to processes have been thoroughly tested.
Working in this way, it becomes very easy to identify the characteristics of a process and to gain an insight into exactly which results and KPIs are the most significant to the overall performance of the system.
For example, for a manufacturing plant – how would you assess which factor has the biggest influence on your output? Is it the staff availability per day, the stock levels of you key components or the equipment breakdowns that prevent you from achieving the required output levels?
Other tools, such as spreadsheets, can effectively model a static scenario but what happens if you need to determine the potential impact of random occurrences throughout your system, like the effect of a machine breaking down on an assembly line, or staff absence in a hospital? Only simulation can take these factors into consideration to really strengthen your business case.
SIMUL8 users around the world have used the power of simulation to demonstrate the impact and value of their process improvement proposals.